Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book review: Keep Swimming by Kade Boehme


fter his partner dumped him with a pregnant surrogate four years ago, Cary Whitmore was forced to play single parent while starting up a new business. With the dog bakery now semi-successful and his son healthy, Cary thinks he may be ready to date again.

Heath Cummings is trying his damnedest to get his charter boat service off the ground and dreams of one day soon being able to quit his job as an offshore driller. Paying off his dream requires making it through a couple more years, which means being open about his sexuality isn't in the cards just yet.

When the two take their flirting to the next level, Cary wonders if he can handle another guy who might take off, while Heath has to decide if he can risk his dream of a laid back life—and giving up his long-held and much enjoyed bachelor status while taking on a child when being a father was never on his to-do list. Will they sink, or will they keep swimming?

Dani's rating:

This is an easy and sexy story with plenty of steam and tender moments.

I loved Gus, Cary's son, in this one. He was a typical 4-year-old and didn't take over the story. So often, kids in romance books are pawns of the plot and act like adults on steroids, but not so with Gus.

Cary and Heath's relationship developed naturally. I could see Heath willing to trust more, and Cary opening up about his needs and feelings. The secondary characters, particularly Heath's friend Kyle, were three-dimensional and added humor and interest to the plot.

BUT I disliked the drama over Heath's ex-lovers. I get that he was bisexual and didn't do relationships, but did that have to be such a huge focus in this book? I felt like my face was rubbed in Heath's bisexuality everywhere I turned. Always, there was yet another person Heath had screwed.

I particularly didn't care for Becca's involvement. She was painted as a sympathetic character, but I felt like she and Heath had too much history for their relationship to feel nonthreatening. And don't get me started on the slut who came on to Heath, and Heath's pathetic attempt at controlling his dick. That was such bullshit and really didn't belong in the story.

Also, everyone has fawned over the HEA in this one, but, honestly, I didn't see it. This was a HFN for me. After all the drama, I wanted more, so I felt vaguely unsatisfied when the story ended.

I should mention there were a few editing issues, mostly typos and missing words, but they didn't really detract from the story for me.

I like Kade's characters. They always resonate with me, even if I don't like them.

This was an entertaining read; recommended. And I am very glad to see that we'll be getting Kyle's story next!

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